TWIN brothers from The Grange School, Hartford will represent England this weekend after claiming gold at the National Rowing Championships.
John and Ed Ford, 18, won the Men’s Junior Double Sculls at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham at the weekend, and were selected to represent the country at a regatta in Cardiff on Saturday.
“It’s a fantastic achievement, they’re delighted and so am I,” said Graham Jump, head of The Grange School RC. “The whole school is made up for them.”
It is the fourth time in five years the brothers have won gold, and Graham believes they can go further.
He said: “They’re awaiting their A-Level results and are going to universities which offer high performance rowing - Ed to Newcastle and John to Durham. They both have aspirations to go as far as they can - the carrot is the Olympics.
“It depends on what happens over the next few years, but they’re both very committed and professional all round athletes.”
Ed represented Great Britain last year at the European Championships and John has previously had a trial for the national squad, but was not selected.
The twins’ gold was the icing on the cake for the Grange, who also sent four other crews to Nottingham. John and Ed’s younger brother Tom, 15, claimed silver in the boys junior 15 coxed quad along with Sam Blayney, Will Broderick, Rupert Wiltshire and cox Ellie Perchard.
And there were more impressive performances elsewhere. The women’s junior coxless squad of Lara Pointon, Georgina Hogg, Sarah Hewett and Harriet Tindale made the semi-final, and the women’s junior coxless pair of Kat Heine and Florence Pickup got to the second round.
The women’s junior 15 double scull of Maddy Philps and Emma Bartley also gave a good show in their first race at this level.
“Everyone was brilliant, they all rowed very well,” said Graham. “I’m extremely pleased of them all, they’ve done the school proud.”